13 September 2009

The Demon’s Lexicon

by Sarah Rees Brennan

Simon & Schuster Pty Limited. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult. Paperback rrp $16.99

I didn’t know what age category to put The Demon’s Lexicon in. As an adult, I loved it and was the story’s captive from the first page. Teenagers who like gothic stories with black humour will also gravitate to it!

Nick and Alan are brothers. Nick is dark, has no compassion, is four years younger than Alan and continually battles to hold back his anger. He only trusts one person – his brother Alan. Alan, on the other hand, is light haired, blue eyed and would give his life to save another – especially if it is Nick.

Nick is a teenager with a lot of angst. Fighting demons your whole life, losing your father when you were young, and every day facing his mothers accusing eyes - what is a boy meant to do?

The boys’ mother, Olivia, stole a powerful amulet from a great magician and now the family is constantly on the run. They try to stay in one place but the magicians and demons always find them. They kill a few. And then they have to move again. Nick sometimes wonders about just giving back what was taken so they could stop running and live a normal life.

When Jamie, a boy from Nick’s school, is marked by a demon, he comes with his sister to Nick and Alan for assistance. Nick wants to abandon them but Alan agrees to help. In helping Jamie, Alan is inadvertently marked by a demon. Once a human is marked it isn’t long before the demons work their way into their body and take over. Nick can’t let his brother die and Alan won’t let Jamie die.

The only way to save both Alan and Jamie is to kill a magician. But it has to be the right one. What Nick doesn’t know is that maybe the ones you trust are the ones who will hurt you the most.

A great book and I can’t wait to see this on the big screen. I’ll be in the front row gripping the chair!


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